Fairy Godmother of the Neighborhood Dogs

I suspect that every dog and cat in our neighborhood recognizes ‘Sharon’ and even the car she drives. For about fifteen years, Sharon has left little goodies for our four-legged children in our community. Sometimes she leaves a little toy. Other times she leaves small treats. When she sees someone walking their dog, she usually stops her car, talks to the dog, and asks the dog’s human parent if she can give it a little treat. An Opportunity to Connect Sharon is a widow. I think she is probably in her mid-eighties. Because we are all needing to “shelter in…

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Pet Ownership Can Be Beneficial for Older Adults

Referring to a national poll, Livepast100well.com says that more than half of all adults 50 to 80 share their home with a pet. The majority of those polled indicated that their pets helped them keep physically active, reduced stress, and gave them a sense of purpose. Another report suggested that our pets can actually help reduce cardiovascular disease risk, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. I’m not sure how that works, but if it helps me justify all the attention I shower on the dog, then I’ll buy it. As an older doting dog parent, I recognize that our four-legged…

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